Week 7 & 8

We have enjoyed many learning activities the past two weeks.

The story of The Three Bears  was an enjoyable part of our week.    Students learned to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story.  This activity helped the  children to retell the familiar story.  We also practiced our letters and beginning sounds.  The students attached clothespins with letters to the pictures that had the corresponding beginning sounds.

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We continued our learning in math. The Three Bears was a good example of sizes. There were activities to help us with big, middle, and little. The children enjoyed counting with bowls of porridge and spoons. It was a challenge, at first, but they learned how to slow down and count correctly and to work together as a team.
The most fun was acting out the story with stick puppets.

The rain kept us inside for many days. The children were excited to be outside. With the playground being wet, we decided it was a perfect day to draw. They made pictures of themselves, a hopscotch game, and many other kinds of art.

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They continue to explore God’s creation. They were excited because they thought they had found baby apples. This led to interesting conversations about what we had really found, how the tree might look in the spring, and if the birds enjoyed eating from the tree. Some of the children tried to make a spot on the tree to leave the extra crabapples for the birds to enjoy. One of their favorite questions now is why did God make it this way.

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The students completed a circle art project. They had to draw and cut out their own circles. After placing them on paper they added paint using a toilet paper roll (more circles). At the beginning they thought they could not do it. It was good to see how excited they became and how proud they were of their finished product.

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We spent time this week talking about fire safety. We practiced what to do if we have a fire in our home or if we catch ourselves on fire. We went over what is unsafe and how important it is to obey. We used the learning centers to help us practice. The children took turns building a community and having the firetrucks and firefighters come to help. Some children were in the kitchen pretending to have a kitchen fire. After calling 911 the firefighters came to assist them. Everyone painted flames of fire and played a math game. We took turns rolling the dice. The student had to find the matching number flame and then put the fire out. Occasionally they might accidentally put water on a friend. : )
Our class will visit the fire-station on October 27.

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B is for Bark. We took a closer look at trees today. Tree bark, to be exact. Bark is the outer layer of a tree. It provides protection against the elements, insects and animals. A good way to explain bark to children is by comparing it to a person’s skin.
The children worked with a friend to do their own tree rubbing. They were happy with their results.

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This week the children studied about Christopher Columbus and his explorations. They made a special hat and spyglass. The boys and girls had fun writing with quill pens (feathers and paint). We wanted to have boat races. The children followed the directions to build their boats and were given the opportunity to pick the sail they wanted to use. The sails were made from different shapes. We went outside and took turns racing the boats that were powered by the children blowing on them. They saw if they were blowing too hard their boat would sink. It was a good lesson in practicing self control.

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We have completed the seven days of creation. This week we learned that we are created in the image of God. We are to resemble God and be filled with joy. The children are learning that we show our love to God through our actions and attitudes.

Week 6

Our week included the celebration of Johnny Appleseed. We read about his life and his contribution to our country. We used a map of the United States to see where his journey took him. The children were surprised at how simple his life was. The boys and girls had a great discussion on life before technology. They also wanted to see where they lived on the map. We found Virginia and everyone shared where they live.

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In Bible we continue to learn about the seven days of creation. This week we completed Days 3 – 5. The children like to explore God’s creation. We looked at the season cycle of the apple tree and the parts of the apple. They were surprised to find out that God placed a star in each apple. The excitement on their faces when they learn something new always brings us joy. They came to the conclusion that it reminds us of the birth of Christ.
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The children adopted their class tree this week. We had a small window of opportunity to sit outside and draw our tree. We will continue to watch for anything that might occur during the changing seasons.
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We did an apple tasting to see what color we liked the best. The children made a graph to record the results. We introduced tally marks with this activity They liked having a new way to count.

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Of course, there must be food with apples. We made applesauce together. The children helped to peel the apples. We followed our recipe and added the right ingredients. Everyone had a chance to help. We used our senses to smell, see, and taste our finished product. Most of the children said it was very good.

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We completed our cooking on Friday by making Apple Bites. Everyone followed the recipe to make their own. The finished product was delicious!

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The children will be excited next week to return to the outside. We have many things left to explore and learn.